April, 2023

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Expert B2B Sales Plays & Best Practices

Iannarino

How you sell is a major factor in sales success. Even though the sales process is no longer linear, we still divide it into stages. Each stage of an opportunity requires you to achieve a corresponding outcome for you and your potential customers.

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Can We Be Helpful And Still Make Our Quotas?

Partners in Excellence

When I read my feeds or listen to a lot of “experts,” the focus is always on hitting our quotas, maxing our commissions, achieving our goals. Listening to sales executives, the focus is, constantly, making your numbers. And then there are the consequences of not doing so. Our jobs are at stake, even our companies are threatened. One imagines a sword of Damocles hanging over seller’s heads with the constant threat of making quota.

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How Can We Make Our Reps More Coachable?

Score More Sales

We know how important it is for sellers to be coachable. Coachability, after all, is one of the keys to identifying top performing sales professionals.

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Will AI Really Help You Sell?

Membrain

It’s almost the only thing people want to talk about these past few months: Artificial intelligence. ChatGPT and its many children and siblings have set the internet and our industry ablaze with speculation about what it means for us.

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How to Improve Email Deliverability and Optimize Each Send

Learn how to optimize email deliverability and drive greater email ROI. What lands your email in the customer’s inbox? Understanding those factors, otherwise known as email deliverability, is critical to getting the most return on your campaign investments. But the “rules” around which factors land you in the spam folder aren’t always easy to keep up with.

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Coaches Benefit from Tryouts, Sales Managers Fail Using Gut Instinct

Understanding the Sales Force

Our son's college baseball season is winding down and we think they'll make the playoffs for the second straight year. As I think back to high-school baseball, a couple of things came to mind that have a lot to do with sales development. Mike attended two high schools. His first high school baseball coach saw his potential, calling him up to play on the varsity team when he was still in the 8th grade.

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Coaching Championship Sales Teams: Pat Summitt Says it All!

Anthony Cole Training

There are five pillars that make up a strong Sales Managed Environment which in turn will help you build a consistent, championship-quality sales team.

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Spend on marketing analytics and data infrastructure to grow sharply

Martech

Spend across marketing analytics and data infrastructure is forecast to grow from $22 billion in 2022 to $32 billion in 2026 in the U.S., U.K. and European Union. That’s according to a new report from Winterberry Group, “From Data to Insight: The Outlook for Marketing Analytics.” The predicted increase of over 30% is derived from a survey of 200 U.S. and European marketers, as well as interviews with industry experts.

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What If You Only Have 100 Potential Customers?

Partners in Excellence

Let’s try a thought experiment. I’ll start with a bit of background. When I look at a lot of the “expert” advice in my social feeds, the emphasis is on how we reach and engage more and more customers. This is critical, at least in the thinking of these experts, because those customers we are trying to engage aren’t responding in the numbers we need.

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How is Sales Prospecting Different for Complex B2B Sales?

Membrain

Everyone talks about sales prospecting , and we all think we know what it means. It’s just going out looking for potential customers to put into your sales pipeline, right? Traditionally, this was a task entrusted to junior “hunters” on the sales team–young hungry salespeople tasked with “drumming up opportunities.

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Latest Podcasts: Leading Through Challenges

Force Management

As leaders, we serve as guides for our teams through challenging times. In the current economic landscape, when the challenges are unpredictable, it helps to have guides of our own. Last month on the Revenue Builders Podcast, we talked to multiple leaders who have guided teams successfully through crises. They spoke to the power of gratitude, communication, culture, and humility.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Why Data Matters When Recruiting People that Will Sell

Anthony Cole Training

Let’s talk about why data matters when recruiting people that WILL sell versus CAN sell. There is a big difference.

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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Successful B2B Sales Funnel

Iannarino

A sales funnel is a concept that illustrates the various stages of a customer's purchase decision process. While sales approaches their work using a pipeline, marketing uses B2B sales funnel strategies. As a salesperson, it is important to understand your organization’s funnel.

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The end of marketing or a new beginning? The truth about AI

Martech

Love it or hate it, the artificial intelligence revolution is here. People can’t stop talking about ChatGPT, OpenAI and how AI will fundamentally change the world. Marketers everywhere are obsessing over the newly discovered power of AI. Amid the jaw-dropping realizations of what AI is capable of, marketers are faced with an existential question that’s a bit daunting to consider: Is this the end of marketing as we know it?

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Dumbing Things Down….

Partners in Excellence

As I look at the plethora of tools we leverage to engage customers and each other, I worry. While they are intended to help us accomplish more. They are intended to help us, make us more efficient, eliminate some of the work we have to do, Instead, I wonder if they are dumbing us down. We have tools that present everything about the customer to us—the financial performance of the company, performance relative to the market, key issues facing them and their customers.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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What Are Business Acumen Skills?

Membrain

“Business acumen” is a concept spoken of quite often by sales thought leaders. I’ve talked about it , as well. Most of us agree that it’s something salespeople need in order to differentiate themselves and help buyers make the right choices. But I’m not sure everyone is on the same page in regard to what it means and the degree to which salespeople need to be upskilled in it.

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3 Ways to Motivate Your Sellers During Economic Challenges

Force Management

Economic challenges can take a huge toll on workforce morale. Your sales force is likely encountering obstacles they haven’t faced before, and it’s possible that’s affecting their ability to win.

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5 Behaviors Great Sales Managers Exhibit to Drive Consistent Sales Results

Anthony Cole Training

Improve your sales management skills by implementing these 5 behaviors to help your sales team drive consistent results.

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How Sales Managers Fail Their Sales Teams

Iannarino

When sales managers fail their sales teams, every stakeholder is harmed. First, the salesperson is harmed by not being successful in sales. The salesperson’s family may also suffer without the resources they need. The salesperson’s prospective clients are hurt because the person they are dealing with is not using value creation strategies , which would have caused them to buy from the salesperson.

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1st, 2nd, and 3rd Party Intent Data: Which Is Right for You?

How do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party intent data compare? 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party data each have specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to four factors: accuracy, cost, control and quantity. This infographic explains the pros and cons of each and helps you understand which one is best for meeting your business objectives. Intent data can be a great way to fill your pipeline and close more deals.

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6 tactics to create recession-proof email marketing

Martech

Are we in a recession or not? It doesn’t matter whether the national economy meets the classic definition (i.e., when a country’s gross domestic product falls in two consecutive business quarters). What our customers think matters more — and right now, they’re pretty pessimistic. Up to 91% of consumers are changing their shopping habits in response to bleak economic news, according to a new SheerID study.

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Dumb And Dumber…….

Partners in Excellence

I’ve been noticing a torrent of “hints and prompts” from the ChatGPT guru’s looking at email personalization, specifically around business personas. These experts are providing insights around how to personalize outreaches through ChatGPT prompts. As I read through these expert insights, the movie “Dumb and Dumber” kept going through my mind.

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The Art and Science of Complex Sales Podcast

Membrain

In the latest episode of the Art and Science of Complex Sales podcast, Paul Fuller sits down with Kent Malinowski , Founder and CEO of Successworks.

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How to Enable Sellers to Win at the C-Suite Level

Force Management

Selling to C-level leaders is a crucial skill for your sales force if you want to grow your average deal size. Especially in today’s environment of economic uncertainty, big price tags are not getting approved without skillful execution of these conversations.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Accountability – The 14-Letter Dirty Word for Many Sales Organizations

Anthony Cole Training

Accountability in an organization is kind of like the old country song by Joe Diffie: Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die).

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Eight Rapport Building Mistakes That Cost You Deals

Iannarino

Some sales gurus will try to convince you that you need not be known, liked, and trusted to win deals in B2B sales. Some of these guru-types will focus on not needing to “be liked” if you can help your potential clients solve their problems and pain points. Others will suggest the industry is a contest between relationship selling versus consultative selling.

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Conversational marketing: A guide to a key B2B GTM strategy

Martech

Did you know that 91% of business buyers and 86% of consumers consider the company’s experience as important as its products and services? If your B2B go-to-market strategy doesn’t prioritize delivering a personalized and engaging experience for your audience, you could be missing out on potential customers and growth opportunities. Fortunately, conversational marketing can help you create the kind of experience that modern buyers expect.

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In What World Is This Considered Great Prospecting?!??!!!

Partners in Excellence

I know, I know. I shouldn’t get so wound up about the stupidity I see in LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media. I’ve tried not to get wound up. I scan my feeds about 3 times a day, and even that my be a waste of time. I’ve had to pause scanning my feeds, and start closing my eyes, doing deep breathing and meditation during those periods.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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Google planning new search engine while working on new search features under Project Magi

Search Engine Land

Google is in the process of building an “all-new search engine” powered by its new A.I. technology while at the same time working on adding new A.I.-based features to its current search engine under the project name Magi. “The new search engine would offer users a far more personalized experience than the company’s current service, attempting to anticipate users’ needs,” the NY Times reports.

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The Powerful Similarity Between Bad Baseball Teams and Most Sales Teams

Understanding the Sales Force

As we do each Friday in March and April, my wife and I drove to upstate New York to watch our son's college baseball games. But this article isn't only about normal, it's also about the abnormal in both baseball and sales.

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The Art and Science of Complex Sales Podcast

Membrain

In the latest episode of the Art and Science of Complex Sales podcast, Paul Fuller sits down with James Rores , Founder and CEO of Floriss Group.

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The Future of Prospecting in B2B Sales

Iannarino

When we say “ sales is broken ,” we are talking about outdated sales approaches. More sales organizations practice a legacy approach than a modern approach, even though new sales strategies provide better results. It’s difficult to adapt your B2B sales process or adopt a new B2B sales methodology , and many teams struggle to make the crucial pivot. Prospecting is one area where sales teams are on a level playing field, regardless of their approach.

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5 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns to Take Yours to the Next Level

Your next big B2B marketing idea starts here. Get inspired with these five successful B2B marketing campaigns. Ready to generate more leads, interest, and revenue with your B2B marketing? In this comprehensive eBook, you’ll get: In-depth studies of five successful B2B marketing campaigns spanning a wide range of industries Key takeaways and lessons from each story to implement in your own strategy Resources to help your own B2B marketing thrive By submitting this form, you agree to have your con